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What Is BBL Surgery?

What Is a BBL

You’ve heard of a “Brazilian butt lift”, but really, what is a BBL in NYC? Discover more about this popular surgery to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks below.

What Is a BBL Surgery?

BBL stands for Brazilian butt lift, an innovative cosmetic procedure that enhances the size of the buttocks without the need for implants. Instead, the surgery utilizes the patient’s own body fat. This fat grafting approach enables individuals to trim specific areas with excess body fat, such as the abdomen or upper arms, while simultaneously augmenting and shaping the buttocks and hips.

If you’ve heard about the Brazilian butt lift procedure and are intrigued about what it may accomplish for your figure, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll explain the ins and outs of BBL surgery and what you can expect if you choose to get one.

Will my BBL get bigger after fluffingHow BBLs Are Performed

A Brazilian butt lift is a procedure that enlarges your butt and hips using fat from your own body. The surgery necessitates a two-step process. 

First, fat is harvested from the body via liposuction. The fat is then processed outside the body. Then, in the second phase, the fat is reinjected into the hips and butt, specifically where you would like to see more volume and shape change.

What Can a Brazilian Butt Lift Do?

The fat that is harvested from elsewhere on your body and relocated to your hips and buttocks can be used to make your butt rounder, perkier, wider, tighter, higher, morefs athletic, or any combination of these traits.

Naturally, a Brazilian butt lift is best for men and women who are interested in widening their hips and/or creating a larger butt in general. Let’s go over some of the more specific ways a Brazilian butt lift can help you achieve your ideal figure. 

A Brazilian butt lift can do the following:

  • Increase buttocks fullness
  • Increase buttocks projection
  • Change the contours of your buttocks
  • Improve buttocks roundness
  • Help balance your entire figure
  • Improve skin smoothness on the buttocks and hips
  • Improve dimpling on the buttocks and hips
  • Slim excess fat around the body (on areas like the tummy, thighs, upper and lower back, and upper arms)
  • Give you an hourglass figure
  • Give you a more athletic shape
  • Make you look younger 

Why Get a BBL?

There are a multitude of reasons why a patient may want a Brazilian butt lift. For starters, time itself is usually the biggest culprit. Over time, gravity slowly pulls on our bodies and can make features that were once perky and upright, droopy and sagging. This can certainly happen with the buttocks.

Other factors may cause patients to desire a fuller, rounder butt and hips as well. 

For example, the bodies of women who become pregnant change drastically while carrying their baby, giving birth, and/or breastfeeding. In fact, after pregnancy (and especially after multiple pregnancies), it’s not uncommon for a woman’s body composition to be permanently altered. 

Her fat may become distributed in an entirely different way than it was prior to her pregnancies. When this happens, the buttocks may end up sagging or drooping when it used to be perky and full.

Other reasons why patients may be interested in getting a Brazilian butt lift include genetic factors and extreme weight fluctuations. For example, if you recently lost a significant amount of weight, the ways in which your rear is shaped and positioned may have permanently changed.

Am I a Good Candidate for a BBL?

The best candidates for Brazilian butt lifts:

  • Would like to have a fuller, rounder, or wider butt and hips
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Are physically healthy
  • Have no major medical issues that could put them at risk
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have realistic expectations about cosmetic surgery and their bodies
  • Have enough excess fat to harvest and reinject

It is rare, but a small number of people may not be eligible for this surgery because they are too thin and, therefore, don’t have enough fat to harvest. In this case, they would need to opt for butt implants or another option to achieve their desired goals.

Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery Steps

All Brazilian butt lifts are performed at an accredited surgical facility. A BBL is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to go home on the same day as your surgery. Just be sure to have someone there to drive you. Depending on how much liposuction is performed and how much fat will be reinjected, you can estimate your Brazilian butt lift will take between three and four hours.


Because of the invasiveness of the procedure, Brazilian butt lifts necessitate general anesthesia before the surgery, which means you will be completely “put under” during surgery. This is for your safety and comfort.


Dr. Schulman considers the Brazilian butt lift to be two separate procedures. The first procedure is liposuction. Dr. Schulman will perform complete liposuction on you to sculpt your body and give you the slim, trim figure you desire. 

Liposuction in a Brazilian butt lift may include slimming areas like the abdomen, flanks, upper back, lower back, thighs, and sometimes even the arms. Exactly how your liposuction is performed will depend on the way your fat is distributed, what you would like to look like after your procedure, and where Dr. Schulman feels it’s best to remove excess body fat. The exact liposuction technique Dr. Schulman will use with a BBL is slightly modified so that the fat can be preserved and processed correctly for reinjection.


Once liposuction has been performed, the fat will be prepared for the transfer process. And then, it’s time to start the reinjections. Dr. Schulman will reinject the processed fat in and around the hips and buttocks to achieve your aesthetic goals.

When Will I See My BBL Results?

It will take time to see the results from your Brazilian butt lift. That’s because, in effect, every fat cell that is transferred from around your body to your hips and buttocks is like a small living transplant. It needs to survive in its new location in order to take effect and add volume to that body part. Overall, roughly 70 percent of transferred fat cells will survive. 

This takes time, and it won’t be successful with absolutely every fat cell, which is why Dr. Schulman may carefully transfer slightly more fat than is actually necessary. That way, any lost fat cells will be made up for. 

On average, it may be between six and 12 months before you see the absolute complete results from your procedure. However, you’ll definitely notice a difference in your figure after only about four to six weeks. In the meantime, it is of critical importance that you take care of your body. Most importantly, be sure to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your Brazilian butt lift surgeon Dr. Schulman.

Frequently Asked Questions About BBLs

How much does BBL Surgery Cost?

Brazilian butt lifts cost anywhere from $9,000 to $13,000 or more, but the price you pay will always vary and depend on multiple factors surrounding your particular plastic surgery.

Will my BBL get biggerWill my BBL get bigger?

Yes, several weeks after surgery, the fat gets fuller and softer after swelling decreases. BBL results will continue to improve over time, and the buttocks from BBL may get bigger during the fluffing process too, as the skin accommodates the remaining fat. Will my BBL get bigger after fluffing? “Fluffing” after a BBL refers to the fat transfer taking shape and maximizing results.

Butt implants vs BBL: Which is better?

In nearly every situation, a Brazilian butt lift is superior to butt implants. While butt implants were the only way to augment the size and shape of the buttocks many years ago, today, the BBL is far more popular. Results are more natural, and you get the added benefit of liposuction on other parts of your body.

What is a BBL procedure for those with a normal to low BMI?

A skinny BBL, also known as a mini BBL, is a variation of the traditional Brazilian butt lift procedure. It is designed for individuals with a slimmer or petite body frame with little excess fat. 

In a skinny BBL, a smaller amount of fat is harvested through liposuction from specific areas, such as the waist or thighs, and then transferred to the buttocks. The goal is to create a subtle enhancement and a more proportionate, natural-looking result for those with limited fat reserves for transfer.

Book Your NYC Brazilian Butt Lift Consultation

The first time Dr. Schulman performed a Brazilian butt lift was in 2007. Since that time, he has become one of the most renowned Brazilian butt lift plastic surgeons in NYC and commonly performs the procedure for patients from all over the United States and the world.

If you want to know if you’d be a good candidate for Brazilian butt lift surgery, please give us a call and book your Brazilian butt lift consultation appointment with Dr. Schulman today. Dr. Schulman would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your goals and options. Please look at BBL before and after photos prior to your visit. 


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